Joey Forman

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Joey Forman
Joey Forman in The Monkee.jpg
Joey Forman in The Monkees
Born(1929-11-18)November 18, 1929
DiedDecember 9, 1982(1982-12-09) (aged 53)
Occupation(s)Actor, comedian
Years active1954–1982

Joseph Forman (November 18, 1929 – December 9, 1982) was an American comedian and comic actor.


Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Forman appeared on the late 1940s local radio show the Magic Lady Supper Club along with his school friend, singer Eddie Fisher.[1] The pair travelled to upstate New York to the Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel in the Catskill Mountains. Forman was originally an athletic director, but his funny remarks led the management to place him on the stage as a comedian, though Forman wished to become a serious actor. Forman broke into show business after winning an Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts program.[2]

He first attracted attention in Las Vegas as the opening act for Mickey Rooney and also Rooney's straight man. He also co-starred in Mickey Rooney's 1954–1955 NBC sitcom The Mickey Rooney Show: Hey, Mulligan, as Mickey's best friend, Freddy, and appeared with him in the films Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958) and The Big Operator (1959). He guest-starred in an unaired 1963 episode of the situation comedy Don't Call Me Charlie!.

Forman was considered a standard Borscht Belt comic, and he performed standup comedy both live and on television (including shows like The Hollywood Palace). He also took on comedic roles in films and on television. Forman appeared in two episodes of The Monkees, first as jealous kids show host "Captain Crocodile" in an eponymous episode, then as Asian criminal "Dragonman" in "Monkees Chow Mein". He also appeared in three Get Smart episodes, including two episodes as "Harry Hoo", a parody of Charlie Chan. He also appeared in the final episode of the first season of M*A*S*H as a touring comedian performing for U.S. troops in the Korean War as well as in Episode #18 during the third season of Bewitched as Ho Ho the Clown. He also had roles in films such as the Jerry Lewis film The Errand Boy (1961) as an audio director, The Wheeler Dealers (1963) starring James Garner and Lee Remick, The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz (1968), the cult film Candy (1968) as a tough New York cop, and Linda Lovelace for President (1975).

Forman distinguished himself from the field by inventing a character called "The Mashuganishi Yogi", a parody of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In 1968, working with Bill Dana, he produced a comedy album consisting of a faux press conference, in which he responded to mostly-straight questions with funny answers, speaking in a stereotyped Indian accent. He was accompanied with a sitarist, "Harvey Shankar", a parody of Ravi Shankar (played by Dana).

Later years/death[edit]

In later television appearances, he would sometimes reprise his Yogi character. Forman died on December 9, 1982, from pulmonary fibrosis.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1954 The Atomic Kid MP in Hospital Film debut
1955 The Twinkle in God's Eye Ted
1957 Hot Rod Rumble Benny, Club President
1958 The Danny Thomas Show Man at Lunch Episode: Terry's Girlfriend
Andy Hardy Comes Home Beezy 'Beez' Anderson
1959 The Big Operator Ray Bailey
1961 The Errand Boy Jedson
1961-1965 The Joey Bishop Show Charlie Hogan/Dr. Sam Nolan 7 episodes
1963 The Wheeler Dealers Buster Yarrow 1966
1965-1970 Get Smart Harry Hoo / Lawyer (Agent 17) Episodes: 25, 38, 77
1967 Bewitched Hoho Episode: Hoho the Clown
The Monkees Captain Crocodile/Dragonman 2 episodes
1968 The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz Herbert Sweeney
Candy Charlie the Cop
1970 The Boatniks Lt. Jordan
1971 Ironside Lennie Blake Episode: Murder Impromptu
1973 M*A*S*H Jackie Flash Episode: Showtime
1975 Linda Lovelace for President Chow Ming
1977 New York, New York Argumentative Man
Starsky and Hutch Freddie Lyle/Sam Spade Episode: Murder Ward
1978-1982 Fantasy Island Various Roles 4 episodes
1980 The Nude Bomb Agent 13
The Scarlett O'Hara War Walter Winchell TV movie
1981 Earthbound Madden
The Incredible Hulk Promoter Episode: Half Nelson
Den Tüchtigen gehört die Welt Eddie Owen
1982 Double Exposure Son Final film


  1. ^ "The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia".
  2. ^ Gaver, Jack Joe Forman Has Good Season With Sid Caesar The Schenectady Gazette 8 January 1964
  3. ^ Comic Forman dies at 53

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